I have become a stranger to my brothers

For it is for your sake that I have borne reproach, that dishonor has covered my face. I have become a stranger to my brothers, an alien to my mother’s sons. For zeal for your house has consumed me, and the reproaches of those who reproach you have fallen on me. Psalm 69:7-9

Today’s verses could apply to both David and Jesus but I feel they are more appropriate to Jesus. David was hunted by Saul and it is possible that David’s brothers may have taken their king’s side rather than David’s but that would have been unusual. In the culture at the time great importance was placed on family. Most likely David’s brothers would have rallied around him.

Jesus on the other hand is very different. Unlike the warrior David Jesus was going around proclaiming to be equal with God, to be the Messiah, the Son of Man and God’s Son. That would be hard for a brother to swallow. I have three brothers and if one of them at thirty started to go around making the same statements that Jesus made I would find it hard to believe. I would be trying to get them some professional help not become a follower. Of course Jesus was the Messiah and he was not crazy but still that was hard for strangers to believe let alone brothers.

Also, while David was a man after God’s own heart it would have been difficult for David to have zeal for a house that was yet to be built. In fact the temple would not even begin to be built until after David die. During Jesus time the temple was standing and as we learn in the Gospels had become a market place. The priests and merchants had turned God’s house into a business.

The finally we have the sins of those who have sinned against God placed upon Jesus. David was not asked to bear anyone’s sins but his own. Jesus was asked to bear the sins of the world.

Have a blessed day,



About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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